CHRIS CORNELL DISCUSSES WRITING NEW SOUNDGARDEN SONG ‘BEEN AWAY TOO LONG’
Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell talked about Soundgarden’s new album King Animal and its lead single “Been Away Too Long” in a new interview with Live 105. Here are two quotes from the interview from Chris.
“This new album King Animal, it has a lot of layers to it. It’s something that it will take time for people to kind of digest and it’s not something that I could describe to you right now or that you will understand based on listening to the first single for example. When Live to Rise came out, I did some interviews where a lot of people were asking ‘is this kind of indicative of the feel of the new album?’ And the answer was, no it’s not really. If you take any song from the new album, and take it out of context of the new album, that’s not either. There’s a lot going on, but it’s definitely [indicative] on some level of where we are now.”
“When we started talking about making a new album, this was almost two years ago, I was sitting around and one night having trouble sleeping. I was thinking of new Soundgarden songs and the music in my head was some sort of uptempo kind of Soundgarden version of a punk rock song, but not Been Away Too Long. And that line sort of flashed across as I was just kind of listening to what I call brain radio, and I thought wow that would be a great new Soundgarden song. Then I forgot it, completely. The music was something else that I had written and demoed in a fairly compact form without a bridge really it was like verse chorus solo with no lyrics no vocals nothing and played it for the band and they really liked it. We worked on it as a band arranging it, Ben came up with kind of a jammy bridge section that was really cool and we recorded it like that and it was done but I had still never wrote anything. Towards the end when we were almost to mixing and we were finished with the album I was having trouble sleeping one night and I remembered that line and thought, this would be really great for like a first Soundgarden single. But as I started to write the lyrics then it became more autobiographical and it became real. I don’t think I would write lyrics to a Soundgarden album that would be like Eminem writing lyrics to a new Eminem song, which is essentially telling the story of the making of the album and where he feels he exists in pop culture and that kind of thing. So it’s not really that, it’s more autobiographical and more of a look back at history in sort of a strange atmospheric way, the way that I write. But the initial spark of the idea did feel like it would be right in the narrative of, yes we’ve been out and we’ve been gone for 15 years and now we’re back. It’s about time, and we still have something to say about rock music that no one else is saying and I feel confident about saying that.”